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Kelmarsh Hall garden features on television show

Presenter Rachel de Thame in the Walled Garden at Kelmarsh Hall where part of the BBC programme was filmed.

Presenter Rachel de Thame in the Walled Garden at Kelmarsh Hall where part of the BBC programme was filmed.

 

Viewers who have been inspired by BBC Two’s Great British Garden Revival, which recently featured the cut flowers at Kelmarsh Hall gardens, may begin classes in up-coming floristry workshops there.

Presenter Rachel de Thame filmed much of last Monday’s episode in Kelmarsh’s walled kitchen garden in order to highlight the benefits of growing cut flowers and the importance of buying from British growers.

It was part of a series that looks at reversing the decline in Britain’s horticultural histoy to encourage people to turn into a green-fingered nation once more.

Kelmarsh Hall’s in-house florist, Louise Wesley, was interviewed as part of the show. She spoke about the legacy left by former Kelmarsh Hall resident, Nancy Lancaster, who loved growing traditional British flowers in the gardens and then using them to create colourful displays in the Hall during the early part of the 1900’s.

It is a practice still maintained at Kelmarsh Hall today, with volunteer gardeners helping to maintain the kitchen garden to provide the Hall with a regular supply of floral arrangements.

For those who would like to hone their flower-arranging skills or try their hand at a new hobby, there are a number of workshops being led by Louise in the coming year.

From ‘Spring Flowers for the Home’ to ‘Autumnal Bliss’, each workshop will make the most of what is in season in the Kelmarsh gardens.

During the June and September courses, people taking part in the courses will even be able to pick flowers straight from the gardens to work with.

For a full list of dates and prices, visit www.kelmarsh.com or call 01604 686543.

Louise will also be holding flower demonstrations for visitors in the kitchen garden on August 14 and August 28 from midday to 1pm, these will be included in the garden admission fee on those days.

The Great British Garden Revival episode which features Kelmarsh Hall and which aired on Monday, January 6 at 7pm is still available to view on BBC iPlayer.

 

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